Statewide Taskforce Releases North Carolina’s First Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plans

 

(Raleigh, N.C. — February 19, 2013)  The North Carolina Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce, in collaboration with several statewide partners, today released the state’s first PEV Readiness Plan along with four regional plans. The N.C. PEV Readiness Plans were created through the N.C. PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) – one of only 16 projects awarded across the United States through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project covered the entire state of North Carolina with a focus on four metropolitan areas in the Greater Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad and Triangle areas. The N.C. Solar Center was one of five principle partners who worked on the M2S project. The Center’s Clean Transportation program co-lead the Piedmont Triad PEV planning process with Piedmont Triad Regional Council and lead the state wide Incentives and Economic Development (IED) Work Group with the N.C. Dept. of Commerce Green Economy team.

A key result of the work conducted by the N.C. Solar Center is the Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Incentives and Policy Options for North Carolina paper included as part of the state wide PEV plan released by principle partners today. The paper surveys incentives provided by neighboring states and provides recommendations for state and local policy options. “Electric vehicles offer substantial gains in efficiency, emissions and long term savings to the purchaser and incentives can play an important role to spur more wide spread adoption,” says Anne Tazewell, the Center’s Transportation Manager. North Carolina offers no state incentives for the purchase of PEVs or charging stations while nearby South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Maryland do, the report reveals.

“Currently, North Carolina is still in the beginning stages of plug-in electric vehicle adoption and the statewide NC PEV Roadmap recommends continuing to move forward with collaborative efforts to ensure a more seamless integration of these vehicles and to maintain its position as a leader in plug-in electric vehicle readiness.” says Katie Drye, project manager, Transportation Initiatives, Advanced Energy. “

 

Key Highlights from the NC PEV Roadmap Plan Include:

 

  • Records from the NC Department of Motor Vehicles revealed there are more than 700 PEVs registered in North Carolina as of August 2012 and estimates indicate there will be more than 750,000 PEVs on the road by 2030!
  • Data collected through the planning process indicate there are 350 public and 170 private charging stations in North Carolina.
  • An analysis of PEV incentives, including a survey of fleet managers provides recommendations on the types of incentives beneficial for North Carolina: http://go.ncsu.edu/pevincentives
  • Review of policies, codes and standards, including recommendations for updates to local zoning ordinances, municipal codes, historic districts, sign requirements; encroachment agreement processes, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Key messaging developed for target audiences

 

The plans will be featured at an upcoming NC PEV Taskforce meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Sheraton Hotel, 421 S Salisbury Street, in Raleigh. Interested participants can register to attend the meeting by visiting www.NCPEVTaskforce.org

 

 

About the NC PEV Taskforce

The NC Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce is focused on establishing North Carolina as the leader in electrified transportation and promoting PEV readiness throughout the state. A collaborative group of key stakeholders from private industry, academia, non-profit and local and state government, this Taskforce is working to ensure the rapid and seamless integration of PEVs into local communities and the marketplace. The primary goals of the Taskforce are to increase the adoption of PEVs and support economic development opportunities through the exchange of innovative ideas and experience. The Taskforce will create a PEV roadmap, develop a network of PEV charging stations across the state, and align North Carolina’s electrified transportation goals with those on a national level. For more information: www.NCPEVTaskforce.org.

 

About the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea

The NC PEV Roadmap and four Community Readiness Plans were created supported through the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) planning project with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program through Centralina Council of Governments. Project collaborators include: Advanced Energy, Land-of-Sky Regional Council, NC Solar Center/NC State University, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, & Triangle J Council of Governments.

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter
Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu